Best-selling Author of Novel ‘There There’ to Deliver President’s Lecture

October 14, 2019

MISSOULA – New York Times best-selling author Tommy Orange will deliver the next installment of the University of Montana’s 2019-20 President’s Lecture Series on Oct. 30.

Orange is the author of “There There”  ̶  a compelling portrayal of urban Native Americans. His first novel, the book was listed on the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. “There There” also was UM’s Griz Read 2019, an experience designed to provide new students with a common connection through a thought-provoking book. 

'There There' author Tommy Orange, photo credit: Elena SeibertOrange will present “A Conversation with Tommy Orange” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the University Center Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.  

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma, Orange is a recent graduate from the Institute of American Indian Art’s Master in Fine Arts program. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He lives in Angel’s Camp, California.

The UM President’s Lecture Series consists of several talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information call 406-243-2311 or email


Contact: UM Office of the President, 406-243-2311, .